The beauty of this shot, made me reminisce of the Pura Vida lifestyle! Nature is pure, vibrant, and untouched; full of harmony and bliss.
Pura Vida, used by Costa Ricans since 1956, literally translated means “Pure Life.” Contextually, it means “Full of Life” “Purified life”, “This is living!”, “Going great!” It is used as a greeting, a farewell, and to express satisfaction. The phrase has become widely known in the USA and Europe. Some foreigners view the phrase as an expression of a leisurely lifestyle, of disregard for time and wanton friendliness. However, Costa Ricans use the phrase to express a philosophy of strong community, perseverance, good spirits, enjoying life slowly, celebrating good fortune, whether small or large.
If you have never been to Costa Rica, you may hear this statement, but you will never feel this statement: not until you’re relaxing on the beach watching the sunset and feeling content that everyone who walks by gives you the acknowledgement of a smile, nod, or a Pura Vida. That is one little thing that I will always miss about Costa Rica, and may never understand about North America, the simple hello’s from people passing by. We’re all here on this earth together as one human race. So please spread some Pura Vida and cheer before you’re gone and bring some joy to the lives of others. Even a simple hello can bring light to a gloomy soul. One love and Pura Vida forever…
“To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of abundance.”
“Keep noble friends whose life is pure, and who are not slothful.”
-Friedrich Max Muller